Manchester United defender Chris Smalling believes if United keep up their pursuit of Manchester City with the same relentless pace than the current leaders will crack. Smalling helped the Red Devils secure a vital 2-1 victory at Arsenal on Sunday hours after City moved six points clear of their arch rivals with a last-gasp win against Tottenham.

Smalling said: "Soon enough, if we keep ticking these wins then they'll crumble."

He added: "It was a massive win for us.

"Even at 1-1, we all knew that we really needed to win this game because of what happened earlier, and I think we showed real character."

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